Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

6,680 Ratings
Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Photo of n00blar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wineglass. Limited bottling - Winter 10-11.

Appearance - Beautiful black completely opaque body. Big creamy dark brown head with great retention and decent lacing.

Smell - Full bodied coffee and chocolately malt up front, with a bit of nuttiness. Alcoholic finish.

Taste - Thin coffee up front. Strong alcohol in the body, finish, and aftertaste. Somewhat bitter coffee aftertaste. Kicks you in the mouth like an alcoholic double espresso.

Mouthfeel - Creamy head and medium body. Will numb your gums.

Overall - Good beer, but a little heavy on the alcohol. Which is actually pretty good if you're in the mood for that sort of thing. A bit unexpected, but after a couple of these I could see myself getting into the swing of it.

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Photo of BeerTest
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06-07 vintage poured into an imperial pint glass. Very dark brown, almost opaque black color with a nice rich brown head. Lacing that lasted the whole pint ringing the surface, as well as clinging to the sides. When I first poured I caught whiffs of coffee, chocolate, and yeast. Last sniffs picked up some sweetness, and still some chocolate. Initially very bitter and almost acidic. As it warmed up, either in the glass or my mouth I could definately pick out chocolate flavorings. The warmer it got, the more chocolate came out. Reminded me of a dark chocolate, and was slighty bitter like a good dark chocolate is. The bitterness/acidity lingered on the tounge and in the mouth too long for me to completely enjoy the beer.

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Photo of KRG
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, murky, black hue with a small coffee head which fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S- Very malty and smooth smelling with hints of chocolate.

T- Toffee, mocha, lighter than expected, hints of coffee but not overpoweringly so. Deep and rounded.

M- Not as thick as I would have expected, super carbonated.

D- A sipper for sure, but excellently decadent and rounded, good for desert.

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Photo of Elfastball7
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of eat
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained as part of a recent trade (today) with ritzkiss. Thanks! 355ml bottle dated winter 08-09.

Pours a viscous, oily black. No light shines through this one. The head was slow to rise but eventually showed up with full force. An incredibly thick, mocha coloured head; the consistency of frothed milk. Good retention and lacing.

The smell is beautiful; freshly baked bread, dark chocolate, cappuccino, molasses, dark roasted malt. A little weaker smelling that I would like.

The flavour isn't what I was expecting but is great nonetheless. Dark roasted malt and molasses are up front with some equally balanced background notes of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. It doesn't taste as much like actual chocolate as other chocolate stouts I've had but is impressive in that it contains to actual chocolate. For being made with barley, hops and yeast this is a great effort. I might rate this a 4.5 on taste if it didn't call itself a chocolate stout as the chocolate is not all that pronounced. Only the slightest hint of any alcohol; probably the best disguising of any 10% beer I've ever had (not 10.6% as listed here). The alcohol is perfectly blended with the other flavours. This is a very well balanced beer.

This stout has one of the best mouthfeels I've ever sampled. Full bodied, bready and so thick; the feel highlights the subtle flavours in the best possible way. This is usually my main complaint about otherwise good stout: they aren't thick enough. Not so with this one, though. I wish all stouts felt like this. Very lightly carbonated. Perfect for this beer.

I could sip on these all night. This is a tasty, interesting imperial stout that won't knock-out your taste buds like some others in the same category. 0.5 off only for being so strong in the ABV; you wouldn't be able to finish many of these before they finish you.

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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

120z bottle into tulip, from notes.
A: A jet black body, with a tan head that has good formation and retention. Lacing is left in layered patterns. Carbonation is not present in the body. Very typical for a RIS.

S: The aroma comes off very clean, with a big roasted body and subtle hints at chocolate. Sweetness is found in the nose as well. Overall aroma is standard and nothing really breathtaking.

T/M: On the front, this has a nice sweet roasted character, with high interplay of malts and bittering hops. Chocolate doesn't really come through till the beer warms up and bit. Mouthfeel is thick and leaves with a silky coat.

O: Can't really see the huge attraction to this brew, although it is really good, I find it to get lost with a lot of other RIS. Chocolate really is not showcased as I would have thought from the name.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black, no light is getting through anywhere in this beer. Two fingers of tan head

S - Strong chocolate and booze. not too much roasted character in the nose

T - Big chocolate bomb here, sweet booze (a lot of it), bit of coffee in the mid, roasted notes in the end

M - creamy, cloying alcohol

O - Great, big, chocolate brew. For 8.99 a four pack, buy it...

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Photo of UcDru
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Martine
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours an abyss like black with a huge tan head. good head retention rate and great, sticky lacing.

S: Wow! Huge roasted malt aroma. big chocolate flavors, coffee and toffee. some bittersweet chocolate. some raisins as well.

T: some nice roasted malts, which brings out some serious chocolate, coffee, and some black currents and raisins.

M: full-bodied. mild carbonation level. very creamy.

D: amazing both fresh and aged. solid brew and well worth a try.

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Photo of marcpal
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Single 12oz bottle purchased and poured into a goblet.

A: Vigorous pour leads to a tar black body with a creamy off white head that lasts as it warms down some. Filmy, chunky lacing behind it, like skeleton hands. Awesome looking beer.

S: You smell front and center the chocolate, a bitter chocolate scent and some type of nuttiness.

T: Strong coffee and alcohol and not much of the bitterness I detected in the aroma. The coffee undertones are both smooth and subtle. Vanilla starbucks coffee with boatloads of alcohol burn.

M: Pours and coats the mouth like NyQuil and a film is left in the mouth.

D: Not great but tasty. The alcohol is very out there and makes you take it slow and steady. The alcohol is too detectable, past the point of warming.

This is the most chocolate bar like RIS Ive ever tasted. If thats your bag and want to feel like eating a rich chocolate bar, this is your beer. A few friends swear by this and the Storm King but I find neither worth writing St Petersburg about.

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Photo of Joel12
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Acforster2
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tviz33
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a snifter.

A- Pours a viscous black body topped by a single finger of light brown head that recedes in about two minutes to a very thin cap, leaving behind some lacing.

S- Not a whole lot here, but there is definitely some chocolate, back by some coffee and a faint bit of alcohol.

T- The taste is far greater than the smell indicated. Chocolatey but not overdone. It is quite malty and there's a smokey component to it as well. It finishes with subtle dark fruit notes and a bite from the alcohol. That said, the alcohol is well-hidden compared to the last 10.0% beer I had (Ballast Point Victory at Sea).

M- The feel of this is very creamy. It does of good job of not being too stick and slick as it just glides across the palette.

O- A very solid representation of the style.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of windypete
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into glsss very nicely leaving a three finger head.

strong aroma of coffee & chocolate.

taste was of coffee first but followed straight after by lots of chocolate taste.

for a 10% stout its easy to drink.

i would buy this again & would recomend it to all to try.

verdict: a great stout.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of treyrab
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for sharing these last night while we were brewing. Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black. There is some brown hints around the edges when held up to light though, making me guess that this is on the lighter side for a RIS. A decent one finger head that quickly dissipates and doesn't lace.

S: For a beer called "Black Chocolate Stout," I am not discerning much chocolate in the nose...well, not more than any other RIS. There are some hints of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and some vinegary scent noticeable.

T: Slightly disappointing with this one, but perhaps that is because I set my standards through the roof. The chocolate was only on par with other stouts, and the roast and bitterness really didn't cut it either. The vinegary aspect showed up as well. This masked the alcohol magically though, so that's a plus.

Overall, expectations were high for this one, and afterwords I was disappointing slightly. However, this is not a bad RIS, just not one in the upper tier.

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Photo of JimmyAloysius
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of phisig137
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled winter 2005, this beer pours a thick black, that let's only the slightest amount of light through at the corners. A small mocha head emerges and disappate quickly, with a fair amount of lacing.

A: Malty sweetness, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Very rich and giving nose.

F: Very nice balance between the chocolate flavors and the malt. The end palate is strickly bitter chocolate, with a slight amount of bittering hops.

M: Very low carbonation, and a thick viscosity make this a bit of a sipper. Fantastic flavors that linger. Another sip is not needed, but anticipated.

D: Very good but dangerous. This beer hides it's alcohol very well, despite a slight amount of warming towards the end of the glass.

I'll be interested to see what one or two years in the cellar do for this one... updates to come!

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Photo of BobZ
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Black with a dark tan 1/4” head that disappears almost immediately. Nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malt, maybe a whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Almost identical to the smell, you get the dark chocolate flavor up front followed by a bitter roasted malt finish with some alcoholic warmth. The bitterness is not overwhelming and neither is the alcohol, however they are both noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth, nice finish.

Overall: Decent stout, it lives up to its name being much more chocolate in flavor with very few coffee notes. Again a solid beer but nothing special and nothing that makes it stand apart from other stouts.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,680 ratings.
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